I have been watching the train wreck on CSPAN over the last few days. Quite interesting in fact and disgusting all at once.
On Sunday, I watched the first cloture vote in the middle of the night. After the vote, lots of congratulations, hand shaking, and back slapping. Reminds you of Luke 12:2-3 “For there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; neither hid, that shall not be known. Therefore whatsoever ye have spoken in darkness shall be heard in the light; and that which ye have spoken in the ear in closets shall be proclaimed upon the housetops.”
Wednesday, during the debate, the Republicans were pushing hard on the Constitutionality of the coming legislation.
Senators Jon Kyl (R-AZ) and Jeff Sessions (R-AL) discussed that the CBO has indicated that there has been a double count of the savings, thus overstating the savings that this legislation will have on the budget. The point was basically you can not use one pot of money twice for two purposes…how do you decrease the costs, while extending medicare with the same pot of money.
Then Senator Harry Reid took the floor to tell all of us that the Republicans just brought up the recent CBO information to obstruct and delay. How dare they do that! To me, he seemed a little perturbed. Then out came the basket of letters from people who want this health care bill. Hey Harry, what about that mountain of letters, emails, voice-mails from Americans telling you we do not want it. Hey Harry, if the situation is so dire, that the Senate needs to pass it before Christmas, why are you waiting to help out those in dire need until 2013????
Right now there is a vote on the Sen. Ensign’s (R-NV) constitutional challenge to the health care bill. Can you guess how the vote came out…of course it did not pass.
This is a sad time for our country. It only takes one to vote this down, please pray.
Update 12/23 6pm:
Here are a couple of differences that I heard today during the health care debate:
Republicans: We swore to uphold and protect the Constitution.
Democrats: This is a historic vote. This is just the beginning, a foundation that we can build on.
Me: This can be a historically wrong vote. And this is just a start, how frightening is that.
This evening, Senator Cantwell, (D-WA) had her turn at the lectern, as she made one of her points, my daughter and I burst out laughing. Really? We both said. Unbelievable. Now here it is 2 days before Christmas, a family birthday today and what are we doing…watching CSPAN!!
Anyway, back to Sen. Cantwell’s point. She had visual aids showing the difference between what people would pay with the health care bill and what they would be expected to pay without it. I didn’t write down the full numbers, but will attempt later to get screen shots.
Without the health care bill passing: a person would be expected to pay over $5000 a year for insurance with (this is the important part)…NO government help.
If the health care bill passes: a person would pay about $1200 for insurance and here is the important part...the government would PAY $4000.
Even my not so involved daughter said…where does that government money come from? Me, right!!! From my pocket! Why do people think that government money = free money? (I smiled, I am making an impact!)